2009 30/10
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Homel civil and political figures on the criminal prosecution of Leanid Svetsik

Leanid Sudalenka, Chair of the Legal Initiative’s Homel office, human rights activist, Homel
- The Vitsebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik was convicted of sending letters with threats on behalf of the unregistered ultra-right organization RNE (Russian National Unity). The offence is prosecuted under Article 130-1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (fomenting racial, national or religious hatred). As far as I know, Svetsik’s work was to render legal assistance to the receivers of the letters and that was his only fault. Now he will have to pay a huge fine of 11,000 USD, which roughly equals to a 3-year’s average salary in Belarus. It looks like the State has made up its mind to earn money on the human rights activist and his big family. I am sure that Leanid Svetsik will find a decent way out of the complicated situation, for he has not admitted the verdict yet. He is going to appeal it, therefore he considers himself innocent!

Vasil Paliakou, Chair of the United Civil Party of Belarus’ Homel Regional Office
- Human rights activists have always been an obstacle for the authorities, especially in undemocratic countries. This causes harassment and such draconian measures. But all these measures will eventually boomerang the authorities themselves.

Ales LETA,
Belarusian Legal Portal,
by.prava-by.info

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